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last updated Thursday 17th March 2022, 10:48 PM


Championship MatchDay 37 Wrap-up


Championship MatchDay 37 ended with table topping Fulham now eleven points clear at the top of the Championship table and 12 points clear of third placed Huddersfield with 9 games to go. The defeat at West Brom ended Fulham's unbeaten eleven away league games run and their unbeaten run of five games home and away.

Fortunately second placed Bournemouth helped out a bit by drawing at home to struggling Reading and third placed Huddersfield were beaten 2-0 away at Millwall.

Championship table - 17th March 2022
Home Away
Pos Team Pld W D L F A W D L F A GD Pts
1 Fulham 37 12 4 3 45 16 11 4 3 45 16 58 77
2 Bournemouth 35 10 5 3 35 18 9 4 4 21 13 25 66
3 Huddersfield 38 10 5 3 27 17 7 7 6 24 23 11 63
4 Blackburn 38 12 4 4 35 21 5 6 7 14 17 11 61
5 Luton 37 10 5 4 32 19 7 4 7 21 22 12 60
6 QPR 37 9 6 4 27 17 8 2 8 26 28 8 59
7 Middlesbrough 37 12 2 4 29 16 5 6 8 19 24 8 59
8 N Forest 36 9 4 6 30 21 7 6 4 23 14 18 58
9 Sheff U 37 9 4 4 29 13 7 6 7 21 27 10 58
10 Millwall 37 10 6 3 23 13 5 6 7 16 21 5 57
11 Coventry 37 10 4 6 29 19 5 5 7 19 26 3 54
12 West Brom 37 9 7 2 24 12 5 4 10 16 22 6 53
13 Blackpool 37 10 3 7 22 19 4 7 6 20 22 1 52
14 Preston 38 6 9 3 24 21 6 6 8 16 23 -4 51
15 Swansea 36 8 4 5 23 20 5 4 10 18 32 -11 47
16 Stoke 37 7 4 7 25 21 5 6 8 21 23 2 46
17 Cardiff 38 7 3 10 21 23 6 4 8 24 33 -11 46
18 Bristol C 38 7 5 7 24 25 5 2 12 23 42 -20 43
19 Hull 38 5 3 10 15 22 6 5 9 17 19 -9 41
20 Birmingham 38 6 5 8 21 25 4 6 9 21 33 -16 41
21 Reading ** 37 5 4 9 25 36 5 2 12 18 37 -30 30
22 Barnsley 37 5 6 8 16 21 1 4 13 12 31 -24 28
23 Derby * 38 9 6 3 25 16 2 6 12 12 28 -7 24
24 Peterborough 37 4 6 8 19 26 1 2 16 10 49 -46 23
Results Table Fixtures
West Bromwich Albion 1 - 0 Fulham
West Bromwich Albion inflicted runaway Championship leaders Fulham's first league away defeat since October in a well-earned win at the Hawthorns.

Callum Robinson's neat second-half finish was enough to consign the Championship leaders to only a second defeat in their last 14 league matches. Fulham failed to register a single shot in the first half in a below-par performance from the usually free-scoring side.

Their lead at the top was cut to 11 points after Bournemouth's draw with Reading, while West Brom sit 12th, six points outside the play-off places.

Bournemouth 1 - 1 Reading
Tom Ince boosted Reading's survival hopes with a late equaliser at promotion-chasing Bournemouth.

Ince, son of Royals' interim manager Paul Ince, latched onto a loose ball following Ovie Ejaria's half-cleared corner to fire home with seven minutes left. Dominic Solanke had opened the scoring in the eighth minute, slotting home his 22nd Championship goal of the season after good build-up play between Jordan Zemura and Jefferson Lerma.

The win left Reading two points clear of the relegation zone after rivals Barnsley cut the gap with a 2-0 win over Bristol City.

Millwall 2 - 0 Huddersfield Town
Benik Afobe's double helped Millwall end Huddersfield's 17-match unbeaten league run with a deserved victory at the New Den.

The visitors would have gone level on points with second-placed Bournemouth with victory, but they were undone by a goal in each half from Afobe. The on-loan Stoke forward also hit the bar and the post as the hosts dominated proceedings.

It is now eight games unbeaten for the Lions, a run which has taken them to 10th place and within two points of the play-offs.

Blackburn Rovers 3 - 1 Derby County
Blackburn boosted their play-off hopes by coming from behind to beat Derby County, who suffered another setback in their Championship survival bid.

Ravel Morrison converted Nathan Byrne's low cross to open the scoring in the 28th minute for the Rams. Blackburn were soon level at Ewood Park as Scott Wharton headed home a Joe Rothwell corner after 53 minutes and Tyrhys Dolan netted a second moments later, meeting Bradley Dack cross. And as Derby pushed for an equaliser, Blackburn added a third through a Sam Gallagher header on the break.

Tony Mowbray's Rovers are fourth after the win, five points behind second-placed Bournemouth having played three games more.

Championship MatchDay 37 ~ Results
Tuesday 15th March 2022
KOHome Res AwayAtt
19:45Bournemouth 1-1 Reading 9085
19:45Barnsley 2-0 Bristol City 1322
19:45Birmingham 0-2 Middlesbrough 15852
19:45Blackburn 3-1 Derby 12406
20:00West Brom 1-0 Fulham 20279
Wednesday 16th March 2022
KOHome Res AwayAtt
19:45Blackpool 0-0 Sheff Utd 11915
19:45Cardiff 2-1 Stoke 17184
19:45Coventry 0-2 Hull 15587
19:45Luton 4-0 Preston 9408
19:45Millwall 2-0 Huddersfield 10792
19:45N. Forest 3-1 QPR 57872
19:45Peterborough 2-3 Swansea 6832
Results Table Fixtures
Luton Town 4 - 0 Preston North End
Luton Town climbed back into the Championship play-off spots with a comfortable win over Preston North End.

Two goals from Luke Berry and one from Fred Onyedinma made it 3-0 by half-time before Bambo Diaby put into his own net after the break.

The result was Luton's seventh victory in their last 10 league games and moved them up to fifth. For Preston, it was only a third loss in 17 league games under Ryan Lowe and they remain 14th, eight points shy of the play-offs.

Nottingham Forest 3 - 1 Queens Park Rangers
A wonder strike from Djed Spence helped Nottingham Forest come from behind to beat promotion rivals Queens Park Rangers and continue their charge towards the play-offs.

Andre Gray slotted the ball through the legs of Ethan Horvath before half-time to give QPR the lead, but a storming 25-yard shot from wing-back Spence brought Forest level. Ryan Yates then put the home side ahead with seven minutes to go, reacting quickest from a corner, before Brennan Johnson completed the scoring shortly after.

The result sees QPR drop down to sixth while Forest move up to eighth, one point behind the visitors with a game in hand after extending their unbeaten run in all competitions to nine matches.

Birmingham City 0 - 2 Middlesbrough
Middlesbrough moved back into the play-off places with their first away league win of 2022 at Birmingham City.

Boro took the lead when Aaron Connolly turned in from close range after some good build-up play down the right. Arsenal loanee Folarin Balogun smashed home a brilliant second from the edge of the area before Blues defender Kristian Pedersen was sent off late on for a second yellow card after a cynical pull back on Isaiah Jones.

The win was Boro's first on the road in the Championship since 29 December and leaves them sixth, two points above Sheffield United, who have a game in hand.

Blackpool 0 - 0 Sheffield United
Sheffield United missed the chance to climb into the Championship play-offs as they were held at Blackpool.

Beginning the night three points outside the top six, the Blades endured a frustrating night in Lancashire. Sander Berge and Oliver Norwood both had goals ruled out for offside, while Billy Sharp dragged a shot just wide.

Blackpool, who stay 13th, saw Josh Bowler's shot hit the bar and CJ Hamilton blaze an effort over, having worked himself into a good position.

Championship MatchDay 38 ~ Fixtures
Saturday 19th March 2022
KOHome AwayTV
12:30Derby Coventry Sky
12:30Sheff Utd Barnsley Sky
15:00Bristol City West Brom
15:00Huddersfield Bournemouth
15:00Hull Luton
15:00Reading Blackburn
15:00Stoke Millwall
15:00Swansea Birmingham
 Fulham N. ForestPP
Sunday 20th March 2022
KOHome AwayTV
12:30QPR Peterborough Sky
Results Table Fixtures
Coventry City 0 - 2 Hull City
First-half goals from Richie Smallwood and Ryan Longman saw lowly Hull win at Coventry to dent the Sky Blues' play-off hopes.

The home side began the night five points outside the top six, but fell 2-0 behind inside the opening half-hour. It would have given Coventry the chance to press for a point in the final stages, but defeat undermined their hopes of seriously threatening the top six.

Hull's first win in three matches eased any lingering relegation worries as they moved 13 points clear of the bottom three with eight games remaining.

Cardiff City 2 - 1 Stoke City
Cardiff City continued their recent improvement with a 2-1 victory that extended Stoke's winless run.

Stoke took the lead with their first opportunity as Lewis Baker curled beyond Alex Smithies from distance.

The hosts equalised before the break when Tommy Doyle showed composure to slide the ball under Jack Bonham. Cardiff scored the decisive third goal when Jordan Hugill curled home from outside the penalty area.

The victory sees Cardiff move level on points with Stoke as they stay in 17th, a place below the Potters and a point below rivals Swansea, who are 15th.

Barnsley 2 - 0 Bristol City
Battling Barnsley boosted their Championship survival hopes with a comprehensive win over Bristol City.

Carlton Morris converted from close range after the visitors failed to clear Amine Bassi's left-wing corner and Michal Helik headed in from another Bassi corner from the left.

Victory moved the Tykes to within two points of fourth-bottom Reading.

Peterborough United 2 - 3 Swansea City
Peterborough United edged closer to relegation as Joel Piroe's stoppage-time goal gave Swansea City a 3-2 victory at the Weston Homes Stadium.

Swansea led at the break through Michael Obafemi's low shot. Peterborough launched what had looked an unlikely comeback as Sammie Szmodics swept in and Jack Marriott scored just seconds after coming off the bench.

But Obafemi levelled with a crisp volley before Piroe steered in his 17th goal of the season to deny Posh a draw. Defeat means Peterborough are seven points adrift of safety with nine games remaining.


























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